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About The Sisters of Mercy


The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band, formed in 1980 in Leeds. After achieving early underground fame there, the band had their commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company WEA. Currently, the band are a touring outfit only.


The group has released three original studio albums, the last of which was released in 1990. Each album was recorded by a different line-up; singer-songwriter Andrew Eldritch and the drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only points of continuity throughout. Eldritch and Avalanche were also involved in The Sisterhood, a side-project connected with Eldritch's dispute with former members.


The group ceased recording activity in 1993, when they went on strike against Time Warner, which they accused of incompetence and withholding royalties. Although Time Warner released them from their contract in 1997, they have not signed to another label nor released any new material, despite showcasing numerous new songs in their live sets.


Since 1985, and the departure of the other original members, the Sisters of Mercy have become uniquely Eldritch's artistic vehicle. Former members of the group established the bands Ghost Dance and The Mission.


The Sisters of Mercy were formed in Leeds, England, in 1980 by Gary Marx and Andrew Eldritch, to satisfy their desire to hear themselves on the radio. During this time a single, "Damage Done/Watch/Home of the Hit-men", was recorded and released. The band name was influenced by Robert Altman's film McCabe & Mrs. Miller , which featured the Leonard Cohen song "Sisters of Mercy" from the album Songs of Leonard Cohen, "because the Captains of Industry wouldn't have been as funny".


On the single Marx played guitar through a practice amplifier and Eldritch was on drums that he had bought from Jon Langford. The duo each wrote and sang on a song: Eldritch on "Damage Done", Marx on "Watch".


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "The Sisters of Mercy", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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